33 lions

33 rescued lions arrived at the Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary in Limpopo, South Africa on Sunday 1 May 2016.

The 33 travelled from Peru to OR Tambo International, Johannesburg, in what was the biggest animal airlift of its kind.

The arrival marked the culmination of Animal Defenders InternationaI’s (ADI) ' Operation Spirit of Freedom ', an historic mission launched in 2007 to save wild circus animals in Peru and Colombia, and bring them home.

The 33 will live out the rest of their lives in the natural African habitat of the Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary, first in separate bonding camps and then in large bush habitats as part of family groups.

Join Emoya in caring for the 33 lions for life. Donations, contributions and support will help build their permanent homes, feed and care for the lions, and provide them with the medical attention and ongoing enrichment they need.

For more info, check : 33lions.org and lionsbacktoafrica.org


When we heard about this amazing project, we just had to help and decided to adopt one of the 33 lions.

After reading their personality descriptions we knew that RICARDO was the one for us : "he likes nothing better that chilling with his feet in the air".

A true 'Lion of Leisure' - we are very pleased and honored to help give him the life of leisure he deserves.